Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge ~ Britten

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10, is a work for string orchestra by Benjamin Britten. It was written in 1937 at the request of Boyd Neel, who conducted his orchestra at the premiere of the work at that year's Salzburg Festival. It was the work that brought Britten to international attention. Benjamin Britten studied with Frank Bridge from 1927. In 1932 he began writing a set of variations on a theme from one of Bridge's works, as a tribute to his teacher, but he was distracted by other matters and the work went nowhere. Britten took as his theme the second of Bridge's Three Idylls for string quartet, Op. 6, No. 2. The first sketch was completed in 10 days[3], and the work was fully scored by 12 July.
He dedicated the work "to F.B. A tribute with affection and admiration". all Wikipedia notes
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: XI. Fugue & FinaleBritten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Simple SymphonyVariations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 : Variation 5: Bouree Classique: Allegro e pesanteVariations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (use): Variation 3: RomanceEnglish String Music

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. Showing prodigious talent from an early age – he composed his Quatre Chansons françaises for soprano and orchestra at the age of fourteen – he first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born. With the premiere of his opera Peter Grimes in 1945 he leapt to international fame, and for the next fifteen years he devoted much of his compositional attention to writing operas, several of which now appear regularly on international stages. Britten's interests as a composer were wide-ranging; he produced important music in such varied genres as orchestral, choral, solo vocal (much of it written for the tenor Peter Pears), chamber and instrumental, as well as film music. He also took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, and was considered a fine pianist and conductor.

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